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Keerthi Kumar Sangaraju - PeerSpot reviewer
Technology Manager at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
MSP
Top 20
Has an automation feature, a centralized structure, and a flexible and user-friendly environment
Pros and Cons
  • "Before IPAM (IP Address Management) came into the picture, every user had to depend on an Active Directory engineer to get an IP assigned. With Infoblox IPAM, there's automation or auto assignment of IP addresses which is a valuable feature. There's also the capability of storing many networks in one place through the solution. Infoblox IPAM solved the major issue of needing an Active Directory engineer to assign an IP."
  • "The only room for improvement in Infoblox IPAM is its compatibility and flexibility with IPv6. There's been an issue transitioning from IPv4 to IPv6, and though Infoblox is in the process of resolving the issue, it would be better if the team could come up with a solution in a quicker timeframe. Better transitioning from IPv4 to IPv6 is what I'd like to see in the next release of the solution."

What is our primary use case?

I use Infoblox IPAM for DNS and DSCP IP assignments and DNS host records, and I also use it to maintain the complete network database for the company.

What is most valuable?

Before IPAM (IP Address Management) came into the picture, every user had to depend on an Active Directory engineer to get an IP assigned. With Infoblox IPAM, there's automation or auto assignment of IP addresses which is a valuable feature. There's also the capability of storing many networks in one place through the solution. Infoblox IPAM solved the major issue of needing an Active Directory engineer to assign an IP.

What needs improvement?

The only room for improvement in Infoblox IPAM is its compatibility and flexibility with IPv6. There's been an issue transitioning from IPv4 to IPv6, and though Infoblox is in the process of resolving the issue, it would be better if the team could come up with a solution in a quicker timeframe.

Better transitioning from IPv4 to IPv6 is what I'd like to see in the next release of the solution.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using Infoblox IPAM for eight years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Infoblox IPAM is one hundred percent stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Scalability-wise, I'd give Infoblox IPAM a rating of eight out of ten.

How are customer service and support?

I've contacted the Infoblox IPAM technical support team while doing migrations, planning any tool developments, and whenever I face issues while deploying the tools. Support is excellent because the team is very well organized and gives me resolutions within half an hour from the time I make that call.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

The main reason why my company preferred Infoblox IPAM was because of its flexible environment in terms of moving to automation. There are other tools in the market such as VitalQIP, BlueCat, and EfficientIP, but way before those started, Infoblox IPAM already had a complete and centralized structure where you don't need to search for anything in particular, and when it comes to the GUI, you have everything under one place, so Infoblox IPAM is the better solution.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup for Infoblox IPAM was really easy and user-friendly. The total time it takes to deploy the solution from start to finish depends on the number of networks available, the capacity, the plans, the number of cloud platforms, and how many DNS members you're going to register. On average, for a general case of 10 networks, deployment time hardly takes ten to twenty minutes.

What was our ROI?

I've seen ROI from Infoblox IPAM, and it's worth the money.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The licensing cost for Infoblox IPAM depends on your usage and also depends on your term plans, for example, you may want it for three months, six months, or only for seven days. I don't remember the exact licensing cost, but it depends on your organization's structure and how many networks you are going to need.

What other advice do I have?

In my company, Infoblox IPAM is deployed on both private and public clouds.

More than one thousand people use Infoblox IPAM within the company, in particular, internal employees.

My advice to anyone interested in Infoblox IPAM is to use it. If you compare it with other tools, it may be a bit higher in cost, but if you're looking for a centralized data structure and user-friendly environment, Infoblox IPAM is the best solution for your requirements. I've worked on all the other tools such as BlueCat, EfficientIP, and VitalQIP, and I found that Infoblox IPAM has better functionality, easier automation, and it has that flexibility.

My rating for Infoblox IPAM is ten out of ten because you can use it to combine the work of ten employees into one. You won't need ten Active Directories because you only need one Infoblox as it's able to handle the complete Active Directory environment of your organization. Everyone looks into IPAM nowadays and doesn't want to depend on Windows Active Directory for IP requirements. Everyone is looking into the centralized database structure tool to use for IP assignments such as  Infoblox IPAM, so I'm giving it a perfect score.

I used to be a partner of Infoblox IPAM, and now I'm just a customer.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Public Cloud

If public cloud, private cloud, or hybrid cloud, which cloud provider do you use?

Amazon Web Services (AWS)
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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DarrinBryant - PeerSpot reviewer
AVP Technology Network Engineer at LPL Financial
Real User
Top 10Leaderboard
Good visibility, automated scans, and is user-friendly
Pros and Cons
  • "The graphical user interface is very user-friendly and simple to use. It is very simple to use if you have never used it before."
  • "From an IPAM standpoint, DHCP is an area that needs to be improved."

What is our primary use case?

Infoblox IPAM is a full DDI solution. 

We use it for DNS, DHCP as well as IPAM.

What is most valuable?

I think the product as a whole is very simple to use. 

The graphical user interface is very user-friendly and simple to use. It is very simple to use if you have never used it before. 

I would say that the overall usability is excellent.

I really like how the product works, it has been very beneficial to us.

What needs improvement?

From an IPAM standpoint, DHCP is an area that needs to be improved.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have used Infoblox IPAM in two stints, in two different locations. I have used this solution for three or four years.

I believe we are working with the most recent version; if not, it is very close.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Infoblox IPAM is a stable solution.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Infoblox IPAM has been extremely scalable for us.

We have approximately 5,000 users in our company.

We plan to increase our usage.

How are customer service and support?

I only recently contacted technical support. The technical support is poor.

I will admit that the problem may have been a little bit because of me. And the reason is that I couldn't figure out how to physically communicate with someone.

I had been traveling a lot, and I made the case expecting someone to call. I never received a call. 

Then I had been traveling for a long time, so there was no resolution. It just remains there. I will have to file another case in order to get the resolution.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Previously, I used SolarWinds for an IPAM. SolarWinds is probably what I have used the most.

We switched to Infoblox IPAM because it is better.

How was the initial setup?

I have to admit that it was always existing in the places I have always gone. I have never had the pleasure of configuring it myself.

Based on what I have learned from the team that is currently using it and the location where I am now, it's fairly simple to set up. It doesn't appear to have been too difficult to implement.

I believe the initial deployment took a week, based on what I was told.

What about the implementation team?

It was deployed in-house.

We have a team of six and two are required to maintain this solution.

We have a distributed deployment. We have appliances in multiple locations throughout the company.

What was our ROI?

We have seen a return on investment.

I have worked in environments with up to 10,000 users, and just managing IP addresses can be a struggle. It is very easy to get lost without the automated scans that the Infoblox system performs, without the management, and without the control that it has in place. 

There are an enormous number of IP addresses. Having that in a single pane of glass where everyone in IT can see it is a huge benefit for us.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

At this time, I am not familiar with the pricing. My role will soon change, and I will be more involved with pricing, but this has not yet occurred.

What other advice do I have?

In my opinion, the distributed model, while slightly more expensive in terms of hardware, is by far the best way to go.

I have worked in environments where we had a centralized deployment, where we only put them in our data center, and that was a lot more difficult. Even though it is more expensive, I would recommend going with the distributed model.

I would rate Infoblox IPAM a nine out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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